Pyjama fun in Nursery!

June 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm


On Wednesday the Nursery children had a fantastic day coming to school in their pyjamas! The children developed the idea of raising money for a charity and they did a sterling job. They have collected a large box of tins and raised £30.50 for St George’s Crypt in Leeds. We are so proud of how they have put the needs of others n=before their own. We are organising a small group of children to deliver the food next week.

A big thank you to all the parents who supported this idea, including Mrs Leckenby who came to school in pyjamas – brilliant!

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Welcome back

June 8, 2017 at 11:55 am


We have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful experiences the children have endured during the half term holiday. The children have been discussing their highlights with the rest of the class and have also written about them.

This week and next, the adults in Reception have been and will be further assessing the children against the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. To view the expected level of development in the areas, please click here: ELG.  All the children have worked incredibly hard so far this year and we are proud of all of their hard work.

In preparation for Year one, the children have started going out to play every morning from 10.30-10.45 with the rest of the Infants (Year one and two children). The children will also be attending Special Mention assemblies on Thursday afternoons. This is a fun reward assembly in which ‘Special Mentions’ are handed out to each class for children who have impressed the adults in Reception.

This week the children have been learning about sun safety and have discussed the different ways to stay safe in the sun. Please ensure the children come to school with a hat and sun cream when it is forecast to be sunny. It seems that the weather has taken a turn for the worse this week but it hasn’t stopped us from playing and learning outside!






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Nursery news!

June 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm


We hope you have had a great half term break. We have 7 weeks left of the Nursery year!! Don’t worry the children will have a smooth transition in to Reception. They will be spending time in both of the Reception classes between now and when we break up. They will also receive a transition booklet which will show the children pictures of their classroom, adults and their friends. These booklets are extremely useful in preparing your child coming back in September.

Reception Open Evening
Please don’t forget the Reception Open Evening is next Thursday 15th September at 7pm in the north hall. On this night you will get your welcome pack which will include the class your child is in and a start date. This meeting gives you a clear insight in to what a year in Reception looks like for both your child and you as parents.

Duck update
The ducks are thriving in their new home. Can you guess which ducks were ours? They are the four ducks on the far right. Mrs Purfield’s ducks are also growing and enjoying their new home.

Pyjama day
Tomorrow – Wednesday 7th September is wear your pyjamas to school day. Children can bring a tin of food and 50p contribution this will go to St George’s Crypt in Leeds.

Have a great week
The Nursery Team

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Teddies Galore!

May 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm


This week has been very exciting as we have had 60 teddies to look after! The teddies have sparked lots of learning and creative tasks, such as making teddy houses and  teaching  the teddies phonics.


The children have been giving and following instructions that contain positional language such as next to, in front of and so on. They have also been discussing the size and weight of their teddies and comparing them. We have also been identifying which side is left and right using a story about Mr and Mrs Wright. The story is read aloud and every time the word right is used, the children step to the right and the same with the left.



In literacy, the children have been writing sentences about their teddies. We have discussed using different sentence starters and leaving finger spaces between words. In order for the children to reach the Early Learning Goal in writing, they have to be able to write sentences independently that can be read by others without mediation. Leaving finger spaces between words really helps with this.

Next week, we are going to be looking at story telling and writing.


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Ducklings in Foundation Stage

May 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm


The children in Foundation Stage have really enjoyed looking after the ducklings. They have watched them hatch and grow into beautiful ducklings who have been growing bigger and bigger every day.

Today, some children helped the adults take four of the ducklings to a small farm in Otley which is where their new home is. There were lots of other birds at the farm and they will be very happy there. We still have two ducklings left who will be going to live with Mrs Purfield on Monday.

Some pictures of the ducks and their journey to their new home:

Little ducklings

Growing up

New home

Eden and Isla in RH decided to read duck stories to the two ducks who were left…


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An exciting start to the term…

April 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm


Communication books

Thank you for all the effort that was put into the children’s Communication books over the holidays. It was lovely to see what the children have been busy doing over the holidays and they have been desperate to show us their work.


The children have been very excited about our new arrivals. It has sparked lots of conversations about animals that lay eggs and how to look after eggs. The children have been very eager to stroke, hold and feed the ducklings. We will be looking at the life cycle of a duck and what we need to do to look after our ducklings.


This week the children are learning the phonemes /ea/ and /oy/. We will discuss with the children that they have already learnt the phonemes /ee/  and /oi/ but that /ea/ and /oy/ present alternative phonemes with the same sound.


This week we are looking at fractions. We have been discussing what a whole is, a half and a quarter. The children have all made themselves a piece of toast and have practised cutting their piece of toast into half and then quarters. We then looked at pictures of the children’s cutting and discussed how toast can be cut in half and quarters in different ways. We are also starting to look at sharing this week.


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